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The What and Why of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

According to the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) PTSD, or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, is caused by the exposure or experience of a traumatic event. A traumatic event is described as sexual violence, serious injury or death of a family member, friend or loved one. PTSD can cause excessive anxiety, intense stress, nightmares […]




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Depression Management Without Medication

With winter right around the corner, now is a good time to start some new behaviors to help ward off depression. Depression is often misunderstood as simply being extremely sad, but the fact is depression is a condition with serious emotional effects. According to the centers for disease control and prevention, it is estimated that […]




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Exposing the Stigma of Bipolar Disorder

As the term “bipolar” continues to be thrown around on a daily basis referring to someone who is experiencing a minor mood swing, it becomes increasingly more relevant that we set boundaries for the term. Bipolar disorder is a manic-depressive illness that affects the brain, causing abrupt changes in mood and activity levels. Bipolar disorder […]




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Common Myths About Depression Dispelled

As the recent suicide of Robin Williams has brought the topic of depression to the forefront, it is important that we dispel some very common myths about the disease – Yes, disease. Many individuals fail to recognize depression as a disease; rather, they assume that individuals choose this path. A survey conducted by the Centers […]




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Dual Diagnosis vs Co-Occurring Disorders. Is There a Difference?

This isn’t a riddle, so let’s be clear right from the start. There is no difference between a dual diagnosis and a co-occurring disorder (COD). They are two different terms for the same condition. Instead of comparing apples and oranges, it’s more like comparing apples and apples. Whatever term you prefer, this condition occurs when […]




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10 Films About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that may develop in people who have experienced a traumatic event. While it’s widely associated with veterans returning from war, victims of sexual abuse and assault, domestic violence, or robbery, any serious physical or psychological injury can be affected by this disorder. Data suggests than estimated 24 million people […]




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A Call To Rally: June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can develop in victims or even witnesses of a traumatic event. It is believed that as many as 8 percent of Americans are suffering from PTSD at any given time. That means, if you’re traveling on a plane with 200 passengers, as many as 16 of them […]




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Taking The Edge Off Panic Attacks

Imagine your hands are sweaty and your heart is racing. You feel lightheaded, as if you’re going to pass out at any moment. There’s pain in your chest and it’s difficult to breathe, and all of this is happening while you’re sitting at your desk at work, on a normal day with no explainable reason […]




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5 Diagnostic Updates to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. Studies have shown that 2 in every 50 adults have experienced bouts of OCD in their lifetime, and 33 percent of those people believe their disorder began in childhood. Left untreated or misdiagnosed, this condition is extremely difficult to live […]




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Trauma and Stress: A New DSM-5 Chapter for PostTraumatic Stress Disorder

Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), previously in the DSM-IV’s Anxiety Disorders chapter, has been moved to an entirely new chapter called Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders. The changes for PTSD don’t stop there either. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Now in its fifth edition, the […]




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